Virulent Swipe


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Rise of the Eldrazi Uncommon

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Virulent Swipe


Target creature gets +2/+0 and gains deathtouch until end of turn.

Rebound (If you cast this spell from your hand, exile it as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast this card from exile without paying its mana cost.)

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Virulent Swipe Discussion

greatdevourer on Tsabo Tavoc, Mother of Infection

1 week ago

Really good decks start out with a solid idea and evolve over time and play testing. Here's some ideas based on my experience.

Cards to consider (in no particular order):
Ugin's Nexus to keep people from taking extra turns.
Goblin Welder for artifact recursion. Even if they counter something like the Nexus or Contagion Engine.
Jester's Cap is great at ripping combo decks apart by removing key components. It also works well with the Goblin Welder.
Bonehoard is better than Nightmare Lash in multi-player games as it sees everyone's graveyard.
Grafted Exoskeleton really should be in this deck to help push the infect theme and make any creature a significant threat.
Infiltration Lens, for the card drawing. The defender chooses to either take the damage or allow you to draw two cards.
Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon also should be in this list.
Kumano, Master Yamabushi as an alternate win conditions via direct damage. With the Grafted Exoskeleton it's a short game.
Fallen Ferromancer, Frostwielder, Spikeshot Goblin, or Prodigal Pyromancer to get around those pillow fort opponents.
Kaervek the Merciless to make it hurt for those combo players.
Virulent Swipe as a better creature pump spell. The rebound means you get twice the effect out of one card.
World at War is another extra combat phase card. Also rebounds.
War Elemental can get huge. When paired with a Surestrike Trident it becomes a quick way to kill a player each turn.
Loxodon Warhammer for tample and life gain. Any creature in the deck is better with a Warhammer. Spikeshot Goblin is really fun with the Warhammer.
Relic Putrescence could be fun on someone's mana artifact.
Cards to consider cutting from the list:
Anthem of Rakdos deals too much damage to you. Per Gatherer: "The first ability triggers once for each creature you attack with. If you attack with three creatures, for example, theyll each get +2/+0 and youll be dealt 3 damage." Horrible when you have multiple combat phases per turn.Talisman of Indulgence should be a Rakdos Signet so you don't take as much damage.
Lashwrithe is too conditional on your lands in play.
Nightmare Lash same problems Lashwrithe.
Thunderscape Familiar and Nightscape Familiar don't promote your theme and are not strong enough on their own to be worth having on the field. If you really need the mana reduction, you're better off with more land cards.
Scorchwalker is a mediocre creature and a crappy pump spell. There are too many better creatures.

These cards are all single creature pumps that don't help you at all if an opponent plays a Wrath of God or similar effect. One-shots are nice against a single opponent, but not in multiplayer.
Haze of Rage, Reckless Charge, Tormenting Voice, Balduvian Rage, Brute Force, Enrage, Reckless Spite.
The X mana pump spells are really bad because of the mana choices that playing them forces on you each turn. Leave mana open for the X pump spell or play another card? Not worth it.

May be worth cutting unless you don't have a better option:
Inquisitor's Flail is a maybe. This one is kinda a tough choice. I would cut it for a better card but leave it in if your budget or collection doesn't have another option.
Bonesplitter is another mediocre card that's only good if there isn't a better option.
Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves The haste is nice but they are really only good against spot removal. I would leave these in until you need to cut them to make room for better cards.

Obviously, temper these suggestions with your collection and budget. Feel free to check out my decks and let me know what you think of the ideas.

DanNag on U/B Budget Infect Control

2 weeks ago

Thanks for the advice! But aren't those enchantments too slow? Aren't instants like Mutagenic Growth and Virulent Swipe better?

nigThewizard on Infect/Proliferate

2 months ago

Sorry mixed up Virulent Swipe and Virulent Wound.

nigThewizard on Infect/Proliferate

2 months ago

Thank you for the suggestion! Slip Through Space is a defiant sideboard addition, although the rebound of Virulent Swipe keeps that in the sideboard as well (or at least the maybeboard).

cheeftnx97 on Infect/Proliferate

2 months ago

There's one card I'm going to recommend here, because not only does it make something unblockable, but it also gives you card draw. And for the low low price of just one blue mana, what's not to love? Slip Through Space is an amazing common, cheap in more than one way. See how it plays, maybe swapping out Virulent Swipe temporarily.

lil_cheez on Infuct

7 months ago

Any thoughts on Virulent Swipe? It's a repeteable pump and a situational kill!!

Izu_Korasu on Killing us from the Shadows

7 months ago

seems like this deck needs a way to win faster, most of your creatures top out at 2/* power .. so slots for buffs like Grotesque Mutation, Virulent Swipe could be very useful here.

OneWinged on Remand vs Rebound ability?

8 months ago

Let's say my opponent casts Virulent Swipe and exiles it. At the beginning of his next upkeep, he decides to cast it again from exile.

Can I counter the rebounded Virulent Swipe with Remand? If so, will Virulent Swipe be put into it's owner's hand?

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